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L.A. Noire creator’s next game is Whore of the Orient

Monday, 28th November 2011 03:50 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Kennedy Miller Mitchell Interactive will develop Brendan McNamara’s next game, Whore of the Orient.

In an article in the Financial Review, film maker George Miller revealed he has acquired the rights to the new project, titled Whore of the Orient. The phrase “whore of the Orient, Paris of the East” has been used to describe the city of Shanghai, the largest city in China.

Team Bondi founder McNamara teased the new game earlier this month, describing it as “one of the great untold stories of the twentieth century” but giving no further details. We’ve contacted KMM Interactive but are yet to receive comment.

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According to co-founder Doug Mitchell, Kennedy Miller Mitchell Interactive is staffed by “not only the Krome team but Team Bondi’s last standing warriors”, snapped up when both studios shuttered.

The studio is a spin-off to long-time collaborators Mitchell and Miller’s film production company, Dr D Studios, which produced Happy Feet and is working on its sequel.

“Team Bondi immediately went to work on Happy Feet Two. People can move from a game to a movie and be completely at home, because it’s the same skills, process – the same game,” Miller said of the development staff’s recent activity.

The Sydney-based developer is also working on an adaptation of Mad Max 4: Fury Road, an upcoming entry in the notorious post-apocalyptic series to be published by Warner Bros. Interactive.

According to the feature article, the licensed title was to be developed by an unnamed Swedish studio – rumours had suggested Avalanche - but Miller was so impressed by Team Bondi’s work on L.A. Noire that he decided to have it made in-house.

“With the government’s support we can immediately go forward with two games,” Mitchell said. “It’s not immediately obvious but the potential in the video games sector is massive. Just from the statistics people are showing me, it’s a $60 billion industry fast-tracking towards $90 billion.

“Films are very expensive, so studios are making drastically fewer of them. They’ll make ten films where they used to make 20. So, instead, people are drifting to game acquisition because of the budgets. The cost of a film may be $170 million – twice that to market it – whereas the basic cost of making a game might be 10% of that.

“Look at LA Noire, they sold about 3 million units in a week, about $US135 million ($130 million) net revenue, off a cost base which was infinitely lower than even your average low-budget film.”

Thanks, games.on.net.

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13 Comments

  1. triggerhappy

    Is it actually called that??

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Brenna Hillier

    Apparently! It might just be the codename. KMM Interactive hasn’t issued a comment yet.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. triggerhappy

    If it is its hilarious :D Brilliant :)

    #3 3 years ago
  4. jacobvandy

    I really doubt it will be called that. Unless they censor it or something (so it says “W—e of the Orient” on the box), it would probably not be displayed or promoted by Wal-Mart or other major retail chains. That’s the worst thing that can happen for a mainstream title, next to being rated for Adults Only and thus not being carried in those stores at all.

    Not that people really care what this guy’s next game is, anyway… L.A. Noire is good because it was backed by Rockstar, all this McNamara character did was run his studio into the ground. Hell, VG247 is the only place I’ve seen reporting anything he’s been up to. KMM had better keep on his ass if they don’t want this game to take another 7 years.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. The_Red

    Happy Feet 2 came out last week and hasn’t been doing too well. That resulted in a some serious layoffs at Miller’s Dr D studios and other teams that worked on that movie.
    Hopefully this project isn’t hurt. Really loved some LA Noire’s moments.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. strikkebil

    i love this guy. hes like david cages crazy twin. cant wait!

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Freek

    The Mad Max stuff Miller is supposedly working on is stuck in production hell.

    So I somehow doubt this’ll see the light of day.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Zarckan

    Seriously the guy is a FUCKING joke!

    #8 3 years ago
  9. xino

    i love hoes

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Colin Gallacher

    Brendan McNamara liking whores isn’t news to anyone.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. jnms

    Things are starting to make sense regarding McNamara:

    http://i368.photobucket.com/albums/oo122/jnms2008/darthvader.jpg

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Badger

    Whorient? I’m interested.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. HauntaVirus

    I’m in.

    #13 3 years ago

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